The way the Trump campaign led by chairman Paul Manafort has handled the plagiarism accusations against Melania Trump's convention speech should concern all voters, writes Patricia Murphy. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND — The fact that Melania Trump's convention speech was partially lifted from one that Michelle Obama gave in 2008 is embarrassing, but mistakes, even big ones, happen on inexperienced, understaffed campaigns like Trump's.
Eric Schnure, a former speechwriter for Al Gore, said that the first step for a major address like Mrs. Trump's would be a review of other spouse's previous speeches. But Schnure, who also teaches speechwriting at American University and Johns Hopkins, said any student who turned in an assignment with the same level of duplication would likely be suspended for plagiarism.